The guidelines also do not allow a person to take the life ending medications in a public place.
The District’s Department of Health will oversee the program. Doctors and pharmacies must report to the department if a patient chooses to receive their fatal prescription.
Assisted suicide has long been a controversial issue in D.C. and around the nation. Supporters said it brings a humane end to an individual’s suffering, while some opponents fear a person could be pressured into ending his or her life.
Even with its implementation, the law’s future remains uncertain.
A spending bill passed by the Republican-led House Appropriations Committee has provision to block the funding of assisted suicides. An amendment introduced by Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., would repeal the law.
The provision still needs to make it through the full U.S. House and Senate, and get the President’s approval before it can take effect.
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